Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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OUR FAMILIAR SONGS.
THE HARP THAT ONCE THRO' TARA'S HALLS.
About nine hundred years before Christ, Ollav Fola, King of Ireland, founded schools of philosophy, astronomy, poetry, medicine, and history. He also organized a species of parliament, by a triennial assemblage of chiefs, priests, and bards, at Teamor, or Tara, and the record of their laws was called " The Psalter of Tara." Thomas Moore's song of the glories of his country's past, calls to mind the lines of Oliver Wendell Holmes on the death of Moore:
" Shine soft, ye trembling tears of light That strew the mourning skies; Hushed in the silent dews of night, The Harp of Erin lies.
What though her thousand years have past,
Of poets, saints, and kings, Her echoes only hear the last
That swept those golden strings."
"The Harp that once through Tara's Halls," is set to the plaintive old air of " Grammachree."








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